Archive for the ‘Biking Root River State Trail’ Category

Just relax… Lanesboro, MN!

Friday, August 15th, 2014


Among the many accolades Lanesboro and Bluff Country have garnered over the years is the beauty and charm and peace of our campgrounds. This past Memorial Day weekend, I was out at Eagle Cliff Campground visiting some friends and while I was there, I was struck by the sight of people staying at the campground, hanging out at their campsites and some of them simply sitting in captain’s chairs just hanging out and shooting the breeze. Some by a fire, some with a game of cards going, some with a drink in their hand. But what was mind-boggling to me was that they weren’t really “doing” anything other than relaxing and enjoying themselves. It reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite comic movies “Office Space”:  “I did absolutely nothing all day and it was everything I thought it could be”.

I don’t mean to get all philosophical or anything but this really struck me. I fall into that category that so many of us do. Ask me “so how have you been lately?”, and my answer is often “busy”. How many of us often say that? Too many. But I have been trying to rethink my answer to that question and not be so “busy”. This is hard! And I’ve started to realize that many of the visitors to Lanesboro have the right idea….to relax. To let go. To just be.

Now of course relaxing means something different to everyone. I love to sit and watch TV and knit and that’s how I find my “moment of zen”. My husband loves to write stories, and that’s what relaxes him. I have a friend who loves to bicycle for long distances and that calms his mind and gives him release from the day to day grind. What’s so awesome is that in Lanesboro we all can find our own unique way to relax and reconnect with ourselves, our family and with the world us. Maybe it’s poking through the shops downtown, or taking the time to absorb the artistry all around you at the Lanesboro Art Center. Maybe it’s dinner and a play at the Commonweal Theatre, or the Over The Back Fence show at the St Mane. Perhaps it’s sitting around the campfire with friends and family, maybe roasting hot dogs or s’mores. Whatever you prefer, sometimes we feel guilty about taking quality time for ourselves, and it takes someone else to suggest the idea before we seriously consider it. 

So here’s my invitation to you. Come to Lanesboro and relax. You deserve it!

Until next time,



*Lanesboro Barn Dance (August 16, 2014)

*Exhibit: Selections from the 2014 Minnesota Biennial (through October 12, 2014)

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

*”Around the World in 80 Days” at the Commonweal Theatre (through October 27, 2014)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro, 
please visit and check out our “Calendar of Events”. 

Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The Bed and Breakfasts Inns of Lanesboro, Minnesota welcome you Sunday, December 2nd, to our Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour.  Join us for an afternoon of celebration and tour the Bed and Breakfast Inns that have made Lanesboro the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

On December 2nd, we invite you to visit eleven beautiful Lanesboro Bed and Breakfasts Inns when we open our doors forthe Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour.  This self-guided tour will take you through Victorian homes to  European style farmhouses, all charmingly decorated for the holidays. Enjoy holiday treats and  brighten your holiday spirits in Lanesboro.

 Sunday, December 2nd,  2:00-6:00 pm

 Tickets $20.00 Advance Sales; $25.00 Day of Event

TicketsMaps and Information Contact The Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce 507-467-2696  or 800-944-2670

or go to and click  Where to Stay  / “Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour”

  Participating Inns: Anna V’s B&B,  Art Lofts,  Berwood Hill Inn B&B,  Fillmore House B&B,  Habberstad House B&B,  Hillcrest Hide-AwayB&B,  Historic Scanlon House B&B,  Inn at Sacred Clay Farm B&B,  Scandinavian Inn B&B,  Stone Mill Hotel & Suites,1898 Inn B&B

Contact Peter Torkelson 507-467-4500

Lanesboro innkeepers adopting new safety strategies

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

By Adam Voge |

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012

LANESBORO, Minn. — Lanesboro innkeepers want to make sure tragedy never strikes a Bed & Breakfast in their community.

The Lanesboro Lodging Group — which includes Dave Huisenga, a former division fire chief in St. Paul and current owner of the Habberstad House — was horrified after learning of the August 2011 bed-and-breakfast fire in New Ulm, Minn., that killed six people.

HabberstadDaveHuisenga“It made every bed-and-breakfast owner in Minnesota shiver,” Huisenga said.

Almost immediately after the late-summer fire, the group began meeting to devise a guest-safety program for the town that’s been widely described as the bed-and-breakfast capital of Minnesota.

Read more


A newcomer can find welcome in Minnesota. Eventually. by Steve Harris, owner of Anna V’s B&B, Lanesboro, MN

Monday, March 12th, 2012
MPR News Commentary

Larger viewBy Steve Harris

Steve Harris is director of philanthropic communications for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. With his wife, Susie, he is owner and innkeeper of Anna V’s Bed & Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minn.

Are Minnesotans welcoming to newcomers? Over the last four decades I’ve “moved back” here four times, so I can offer an opinion. My answer sounds, well, Minnesotan: “Yes, kind of.”

MPR Story covers Steve’s first 3 moves “back to MN” and Lanesboro, Mn was his 4th MN move.   Read the Whole Story

My fourth Minnesota move was three years ago, to the little village of Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota. Small towns (all towns?) are built on family connections. But even a small town has places where you can find friendliness and friends. It takes time. But it will happen if you work at it.

How do you do that? You volunteer at the Beer Garden at Buffalo Bill Days. You eat breakfast with the locals at the “Chat and Chew” restaurant. You walk your dog in the park and shop at the Farmer’s Market. You get out there and keep smiling and keep “visiting.” Minnesotans like that. And they will like you.

Sometimes they’ll even surprise you. A few months after we moved in, while on an out-of-state trip, we got a call from Dean, our new neighbor (whom we really didn’t know yet), telling us that a big storm had knocked down our large maple tree.

“We’re returning in a few days,” I said. “Can you call someone to take care of it?”

“Sure,” he said.

We returned to find the tree mess entirely cleaned up, and learned that Dean and his wife had done all the work themselves. When we offered to pay them for time and labor, they refused. “We’re neighbors,” Dean said. “That’s what neighbors do.”

Are Minnesotans friendly to newcomers?

Generally speaking, yes, but not in an overly expressive way. A unique combination of ethnic roots, family-centered culture and climate color that. But there are good people here, helpful and kind people, who are ready to do what they can for others, even the others they don’t know yet.

Maybe that’s why I keep coming back.

Read the whole story